Sharpe's Eagle

Sharpe's Eagle

Richard Sharpe and the Talavera Campaign July 1809

Book - 1981
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Bernard Cornwell 's action-packed series that captures the gritty texture of Napoleonic warfare--now beautifully repackaged

Captain Richard Sharpe prepares to lead his men against the army of Napoleon at Talavera in what will be the bloodiest battle of the war. After their cowardly loss of the regiment's colors, the men's resentment toward the upstart Sharpe turns to treachery, and Sharpe must fight to redeem the honor of his regiment.

Publisher: Toronto, ON : Penguin Books, c1981
ISBN: 9780140294309
0140294309
9780140099218
0140099212
Branch Call Number: CORN
Characteristics: 270 p

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Scott43
Dec 02, 2014

A fun exciting fast paced book. I first read it as a teen and became a Sharpe fan. Cornwell creates great heroes even better villains.

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Jun 18, 2010

Sharpe’s Eagle.

Bernhard Cronwell is an author of considerable skill --- historical fiction is his stock in trade. Some of his other novels have been set in medieval England --- one called Stonehenge, was set in pre-historic England.
This time the action takes place during the Napoleonic wars at the beginning of the nineteenth century and set in Spain. Napoleon attacks the English in Spain who have come to help prop up the Spanish --- or at least help contain the French. Cronwell has written numerous (at least twenty) volumes that follow the adventures of Sharpe, Lieutenant of a small band of Riflemen. Sharpe is our lucky hero who cheats death at every turn and in this novel redeems the loss of his company’s colours by returning the favour to the French by stealing one of their eagles. Needless to say this is frought with danger.
The novel also features a plucky sidekick; bullying and incompetent commanding Officers; and as usual, blood, guts, gore and dead bodies so numerous they’re stacked like cordwood.
We continue with our education in military strategy; how war was waged during the early years of the nineteenth century and the technology of killing (bet you didn’t know where the term Schrapnel came from).
Just one word of warning --- Cornwell’s books, though gripping and entertaining, can, just judging from personal experience, become quite addictive.

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